University Benchmarks

Ranking the Top 100 Academic Universities ranks the universities that attract and produce the best academic students.

There are many 'University Rankings' on the internet. Most rankings rely heavily on subjective metrics like 'reputation' and 'selectivity'. UniversityBenchmarks is purely an academic ranking model. The rankings are based on the reported academic and financial metrics of the colleges. There are no subjective factors like 'reputation' that are used. The calculations are performed using normal statistical models. All universities are considered equal and there is no weighting of the ranking categories.

The university 2014-2015 dataset is comprised of over 2400 US Universities & Colleges and comes from multiple sources using the most favorable reported metrics for a university.

The universities are ranked against each other in each filtered set. It is an iterative process whereby lower ranking universities are removed and the set is re-ranked until the final set of 100 is reached.

Selecting 'Rank Top 10 Only' will show the Top 10 for each filter category ranked against each other.

The academic rankings of the universities within the major conferences (ACC, Big12, Big10, Pac12, SEC) are available.

The 2017 rankings will be available in August.

  • It is possible for universities to be ranked higher/lower than one another depending on the filter set.
  • Conference averages are based on the top 8 schools in the conference.
  • Public Schools are highlighted
  • Clicking on the university's seal icon will take you to the university's website.

Ranking Fields

Rank - Overall rank based on the average of the ranking fields (Scores, Difficulty, Smartest, Brainpower, Faculty and Research).

Scores - SAT & ACT scores. The university's test scores are corrected for dropout rate when score level is Good, Excellent or Elite. This will slightly boost scores for highly competitive schools.

Difficulty - Academic rigor is estimated based on how difficult it is to get an "A" at the university. An estimated GPA at the university is calculated for the average US Student. University grade inflation, average GPA, and STEM density are factors.

Smartest - University that can field the highest scoring students based on the average US University size. Higher Smartest Rank = "Smartest for the Average University"

Brainpower - The average "smartest" rank using 5 reference populations (CalTech, MIT, Stanford, GaTech and Berkeley). Higher Brainpower Rank = "Higher Density of Smart Students". The university ranked higher can mathematically field 'X' number of smarter students than universities ranked below them.

Faculty - Ranking based on number of % of faculty with awards and academy membership.

Research - Ranking is achieved by iteratively ranking the average of 3 research metrics (r-pop, r-stem, r-other ). The lowest ranked college is then removed and the new set is re-ranked. The result is the schools with potentially the strongest research environments per student bubble up to the top regardless of size or research budget.

  • r-pop - Average research spending for student population
  • r-stem - STEM research spending
  • r-other - Other/Medical/Health research spending

Salary ROI - "Salary Return on Investment" is not used in the overall ranking but is provided for additional information. Using the undergraduate average starting and mid-career salaries, the rank is based on a 20yr salary accumulation (with raises) minus the cost of a 4 year education at the university. Salaries are normalized across the country using the average COLA for the university's geo-economic region (7 regions total). The COLA effect is diminished by the level of the university. Elite, Excellent and Good universities have a greater distribution of graduates across the country and a diminishing COLA effect. The resultant value would be the graduate's spending potential over the 20yr period.

Overall ROI - "Overall Return on Investment" is not used in the overall ranking but is provided for additional information. The average of Overall Rank and Salary ROI. This would be the "Best academic bang for the buck". Colleges that produce the best education, at the best price, with the best return will be ranked higher.

Color Key - ranks are colorized as follows 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 50 100

The 2016 University Academic Rankings

Earlham College

2016 University Academic Rankings

Earlham College is a private, liberal arts college in Richmond, Indiana. Established in 1847 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Earlham welcomes students of all faiths and offers an education is rooted such Quaker values as integrity, a commitment to peace and social justice, mutual respect and community decision-making.

Earlham is ranked 29th (98th percentile) among 1,533 U.S. institutions of higher learning in the percentage of graduates who go on to receive Ph.D.s, and is 10th (99th percentile) in producing Ph.D.s in the biological sciences and 14th (99th percentile) in the life sciences.

Nearly half of Earlham alumni graduating in the last 10 years enrolled in graduate or professional school, including institutions such as Harvard Medical School, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Washington University of St. Louis and the University of Oxford in England.

While Earlham is primarily a residential undergraduate college, it also has two graduate programs - the master of arts in teaching and the master of education - which provide a route for teacher licensure to students with liberal arts undergraduate degrees; there is also an affiliated graduate seminary, the Earlham School of Religion. Earlham College is listed in Loren Pope's book, Colleges That Change Lives, and has produced two Nobel laureates (both in chemistry).


Earlham was founded in 1847 as a boarding high school for the religious education of Quaker adolescents. In 1859, Earlham became Earlham College, upon the addition of collegiate academics. At this time, Earlham was the third Quaker college in the United States (Haverford College was first, Guilford College the second), and the second U.S. institution of higher education to be coeducational (Oberlin College was first). Though the college initially only admitted students who belonged to the Religious Society of Friends, Earlham began admitting non-Quakers in 1865. The college was named for Earlham Hall, home of the Gurneys, an important English Quaker family.

Over time, as Quakerism in America became more progressive, Earlham's practices changed with them, though the college has remained faithful to its Quaker roots. In 1942 Earlham enrolled several dozen Japanese-American students to prevent their internment during World War II, a decision that was very controversial in Richmond. 1960 marked the establishment of the Earlham School of Religion, then the only Friends seminary in the world.


Earlham's 800-acre (3.2 km2) campus lies at the southwestern edge of Richmond, Indiana, a city of 36,812 (2010 census). The main quadrangle of the campus is called "the Heart". It is surrounded by Earlham Hall (with the Runyan Center student union directly behind it), Olvey-Andis Hall, Lilly Library, Carpenter Hall, Landrum Bolling Center, the science buildings (Stanley Hall, Noyes Hall and Dennis Hall), Tyler Hall, Bundy Hall and Barrett Hall. Ninety-four percent of Earlham students live on campus in a variety of settings. The campus includes eight residence halls (Barrett Hall, Bundy Hall, Earlham Hall, Mills Hall, Hoerner Hall, Olvey-Andis Hall, Warren Hall and Wilson Hall) and 28 theme and friendship houses, which border the North and East edges of the campus. U.S. Route 40 runs along the edge of the campus.

The Joseph Moore Museum is a natural history museum located on campus and run by students and biology department faculty, focusing on Indiana's natural history. It is open to the public (free of charge) and tours are available upon request. The majority of Earlham College's campus is undeveloped forest and meadow, including the undeveloped "back campus" area, which serves as an outdoor classroom.

The school has embarked on major campus improvement projects which cost a combined $62.3 million. The science complex (Stanley, ... [more on wikipedia]

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Earlham College Details

Earlham College Details
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overall ROI rank[249
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Earlham College?

1. number 235 for Academics.

2. number 249 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Earlham College?

1. Warren Wilson College

2. Kalamazoo College

3. Transylvania University

4. Cornell College

5. Birmingham Southern College

6. Westmont College

7. Bryn Mawr College

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Earlham College National Academic Rankings

Earlham College National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
Mid West Region452125857342429976
State of Indiana6332310664322
Top Ten Top250235137133247246153159240249
Top Ten State of Indiana5339855108

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

(mathematically similar student body, size, academics, stem, salary... etc)

Earlham College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Earlham College

Earlham College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Earlham College
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Warren Wilson CollegeNorth CarolinaNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage470492
Kalamazoo CollegeMichiganMichigan Intercollegiate Athle...PrivateGood285415
Transylvania UniversityKentuckyHeartland Collegiate Athletic ...PrivateAboveAverage378417
Cornell CollegeIowaMidwest ConferencePrivateAboveAverage339327
Birmingham Southern CollegeAlabamaSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateAboveAverage376268
Westmont CollegeCaliforniaGolden State Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage311400
Bryn Mawr CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateExcellent137205
Reed CollegeOregonNo Conference AffiliationPrivateExcellent106144
St Mary's College of MarylandMarylandCapital Athletic ConferencePublicGood275409
Trinity UniversityTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateGood212170
SUNY College at GeneseoNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicExcellent111184
Whitman CollegeWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateExcellent153154
Berea CollegeKentuckyIndependent Southeast RegionPrivateAboveAverage497494
Wofford CollegeSouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateAboveAverage340211
Ursinus CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateAboveAverage327378
Grinnell CollegeIowaMidwest ConferencePrivateExcellent114123
Allegheny CollegePennsylvaniaNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage322411
Colorado CollegeColoradoSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateExcellent149160
Eckerd CollegeFloridaSunshine State ConferencePrivateAboveAverage495417
Lewis & Clark CollegeOregonNorthwest ConferencePrivateExcellent179221
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage239210
Ohio Northern UniversityOhioOhio Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage332170
Madonna UniversityMichiganWolverine - Hoosier Athletic ConfPrivateAboveAverage418377
St Olaf CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateExcellent144127
Hope CollegeMichiganMichigan Intercollegiate Athle...PrivateAboveAverage244227
Webster UniversityMissouriSt.Louis Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage458421
University of TulsaOklahomaAmerican Athletic ConferencePrivateGood13975
Bucknell UniversityPennsylvaniaPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent13193
University of North Carolina at AshevilleNorth CarolinaBig South ConferencePublicAboveAverage242319
Creighton UniversityNebraskaBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage273190
United States Military AcademyNew YorkDivision I-A Independents / Pa...PublicGood14578
Mercer UniversityGeorgiaSouthern ConferencePrivateAboveAverage237242
Christopher Newport UniversityVirginiaUSA South Athletic Conference ...PublicAboveAverage268320
Truman State UniversityMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePublicAboveAverage208189
The College of New JerseyNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicGood164193
University of Michigan-FlintMichiganNo Conference AffiliationPublicAboveAverage189264
University of Northern IowaIowaMissouri Valley ConferencePublicAboveAverage252248
Loyola University ChicagoIllinoisMissouri Valley ConferencePrivateAboveAverage228206
College of CharlestonSouth CarolinaColonial Athletic AssociationPublicAboveAverage219233
University of Alabama at BirminghamAlabamaConference USAPublicAboveAverage153148
Rowan UniversityNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage306392
Saint Louis UniversityMissouriAtlantic 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage169165
Montana State UniversityMontanaBig Sky ConferencePublicAboveAverage217168
University of North FloridaFloridaAtlantic Sun ConferencePublicAboveAverage219214
The University of Texas at DallasTexasAmerican Southwest ConferencePublicGood7055
Mississippi State UniversityMississippiSoutheastern ConferencePublicAboveAverage197130
University of ConnecticutConnecticutBig East ConferencePublicGood87139
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPennsylvaniaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicGood5075
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoCaliforniaBig Sky Conference / Big West ...PublicGood9688
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Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Earlham College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Earlham College

Earlham College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Earlham College
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Midwest Conference (Average)-Midwest Conference-Conf-Good-245
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (Low)-New England Women's & Men's At...-Conf-Good-161
North Coast Athletic Conference (Average)-North Coast Athletic Conference-Conf-Good-221
Grove City CollegePennsylvaniaPresidents' Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage235202
Furman UniversitySouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateGood232192
University of PortlandOregonWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage235245
Bentley UniversityMassachusettsNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateGood232199
Babson CollegeMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateGood243150
Gonzaga UniversityWashingtonWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage235214
Rollins CollegeFloridaSunshine State ConferencePrivateAboveAverage262338
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage239210
Drake UniversityIowaPioneer Football League / Miss...PrivateAboveAverage263136
Calvin CollegeMichiganMichigan Intercollegiate Athle...PrivateAboveAverage255209
Colonial Athletic Association (Low)-Colonial Athletic Association-Conf-AboveAverage-214
Florida Institute of TechnologyFloridaGulf South Conference / Sunshi...PrivateAboveAverage260130
North Dakota State UniversityNorth DakotaMissouri Valley Conference / T...PublicAverage261196
University of LouisvilleKentuckyAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicAverage258224
University of MississippiMississippiSoutheastern ConferencePublicAverage232197
The University of Texas at ArlingtonTexasSun Belt ConferencePublicAverage240157